FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION

The World Health Organisation estimates that 200 million girls and women globally have undergone some form of FGM, a quarter of whom are Nigerians! Three million girls undergo some form of the procedure every year in Africa alone. An additional 2 million girls could undergo FGM by 2030 as a result of COVID-19, on top of the 68 million cases which had previously been anticipated. Girls and women who have undergone FGM live predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab States, but FGM is also practiced in select countries in Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. It is also practiced among migrant populations throughout Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.

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